Youth entrepreneurship – making connections - Sweden Abroad

Youth entrepreneurship – making connections - Sweden Abroad



Youth entrepreneurshipmaking connections

Swedish institute in Alexandria, Egypt

During October 31- November 3, 2010 the Swedish Institute (SI) will host the follow

up meeting Youth entrepreneurshipmaking connections for social and environmental

regeneration for the participants of the Swedish Institute Young Leaders Visitors

Program (YLVP). The participants are 20-30 young opinion leaders from Egypt, Syria,

Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Yemen, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and Sweden who have

all participated in three-week leadership training in social media and freedom of

expression organized by the Swedish Institute in Sweden.

Meeting concept

Youth entrepreneurshipmaking connections for social and environmental regeneration

The purpose of the meeting is threefold;

To follow up projects and individual development plans created by the

participants during and after the YLVP in Sweden.

To provide new ideas, entrepreneurial insights and approaches on future

sustainability challenges.

To provide new networks both professional and private to strengthen the

opinion leader’s capacity to promote freedom of expression and social


The group of young opinion leaders that gathers in this meeting is already a powerful

force for idea creation, influence and change in the region. Thus, this group has a

great opportunity – and responsibility – to act and lead not only in one’s individual

interest, but in the interest of the whole. This meeting will include substantial input

on the interrelated systems challenge that we are facing, and also provide plenty of

time to reflect on and discuss the implication of this on oneself and one’s own

activities. It will provide inspiration for how to think in new ways to create

opportunities to respond to the systems challenge – as entrepreneurial individuals

and opinion leaders.

Javeria Rizvi Kabani, Program manager Young Leaders Visitors Program, Swedish



Practical information

Venue of the conference

The Swedish Institute in Alexandria

57, 26 July Avenue, Mansheya Corniche


Cecil Hotel

Saad Zaghloul sq.

Tel: +2 03 4877173 Fax: +2 03 4855655

The hotel is within a walking distance from the Institute.

Accommodation has been arranged on bed and breakfast basis. Any extras (e.g. Mini

bar, drinks, international and local phone calls etc.) will be covered by the guests.


Al Salama Hospital, Azarita



1 Nov: at the Swedish Institute in Alexandria

2 Nov: Fish Market

3 Nov: Biblioteca Alexandria


31Oct: Reception at the residence of Ambassador Birgitta Holst Alani

1Nov: at Hotel Cecil

2 Nov: at Abou El Sid

3 Nov: at the Swedish institute in Alexandria



Transportation from/to the airport and Hotel in Alexandria will be arranged by the

Swedish Institute. A driver will be waiting with the SWEDISH INSTITUTE sign. If you by

any reason can’t locate the driver, kindly contact Mr. Sayed Youssef, mob: +2 012 24

09 083

Contact list

Javeria Rizvi Kabani, YLVP program manager +46 (0) 73 231 85 17

Dina El-Sofy, YLVP program officer + 46 (0) 73 231 85 26

Maha Gaama, Swedalex, program officer +2 018 2884915

Roger Sjögren, YLVP trainer +46 (0) 70 831 11 21

Åsa Silfverberg, YLVP trainer +46 (0) 70 732 01 95

Jonny Von Wallström, media and photography +46 (0)703 620 355

Commitment to attend

It is mandatory to attend all parts of the program and participate in all activities and

sessions as well as complete all assignments. If there are any hindrances in fulfilling

your commitments as an YLVP 2010 participant, these need to be discussed with the

SI and the YLVP trainers in time.


Program October 31 – November 3

October 30 Day 1

Arrival to Alexandria/Taxi to Hotel Cecil (taxi is arranged from the airport-please look

out for Swedish institute sign)

Note: Program, schedule and practical information will be provided upon arrival and

check in at Hotel Cecil.

October 31 Day 2

13.00 Sightseeing (meet at reception)

19.00 Welcome reception at the residence of Ambassador Birgitta Holst Alani

Walk to the Ambassador’s residence.

November 1 Day 3

Venue: The Swedish Institute in Alexandria

09.00 – 9.30 Welcome and opening remarks, Javeria Rizvi Kabani, SI

9.30-9.40 Introduction to the Swedish Institute in Alexandria, Cecilia Sternemo

9.40. 10.15 Heidi Harman, founder of Run along

10.15-10.30 Preparation of gallery

10.30-12.00 Gallery of actions

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-15.00 Continuation Gallery of Actions

15.00-15.15 Break

15.15-18.00 To lead and execute projects with a strong social focus, part 1, by

Thomas Reibke & Sarah Gregersen, Change design


November 2 Day 4

Venue: The Swedish Institute in Alexandria

09.00-10.30 Reflection individually and then 3 and 3

10.30-11.00 Break

11.00-13.00 To lead and execute projects with a strong social focus, part 2, by

Thomas Reibke & Sarah Gregersen, Change design

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-16.00 A tool for problem solving – Active listening

16.00-16.15 Break

16.15-18.00 YLVP 2010: What happens next?


19.30 - 21.30 Dinner at Abou El Sid

November 3 Day 5

Young Leaders Network Seminar

Find attached program on separate sheet

Venue: Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Buses will leave from reception at 8.30

Dinner and diploma ceremony

4 November Day 6

Check out


Objective, purpose and target group

Overall aim of YLVP:

The main aim of YLVP is to lay a foundation for dialogue, mutual understanding and

knowledge-sharing among young opinion-makers from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan,

Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, West Bank-Gaza, Yemen and Sweden. YLVP strives

to strengthen participants in their prospects to drive processes in freedom of

expression and social change in their respective contexts.

Project objective of YLVP:

YLVP aims to build a network to strengthen young “agents of change” regarding

freedom of expression issues in their countries.

Expected function of the YLVP program:

The Program is designed to give participants innovative tools to shape public opinion

in cutting-edge media while strengthening their intercultural and leadership skills.

Participants will be part of an exclusive network that will boost creativity and support

personal development, and lay the platform for a more connected future. The

program will support the development of leadership through a combination of

personal growth and practical experience.

Overall objectives of the leadership part of YLVP:

The YLVP leadership part will support participants within personal development and

understanding of interpersonal relations and group dynamics. This will be done from

an intercultural perspective against a background of globalization opportunities and

related challenges.


Participants of the Young Leaders Visitors Program


Chahrazad Abdelkrim, Algeria


Abdelkrim Merabet, Algeria

Investigation team coordinator, SOMOUD


Suad Abdo, Yemen

Project Coordinator, SOUL for Development

Shefaa Abu Jabal, Syria

Public relations coordinator and website manager


Ibtihal Al Aloul, Palestine

Local representative, Olof Palme International Centre

Hana Al-Khamri, Yemen

Journalist at Information, blogger at Aljazeera Talk


Ines Ayari, Tunisia

MA Student, Institute of Political Studies of Paris

Selma Benjelloun, Morocco

Communicator, public relations and e-publishing consultant, Independent



Zeinab Bitar, Lebanon

Graphic designer

Saleh Dawabsheh, Palestine

Co-founder of ”ehna gheir” voluntary group, Radio program host ”matab al



Mohamed El Dahshan, Egypt

Blogger, journalist and Researcher.

Dina Elbasnaly, Egypt

Documentary film producer


Ali Fakhry, Lebanon

Communications manager, handling social media networks, IndyACT

Marina Ferhatovic, Sweden

Reporter, Swedish Public Television


Andreas Hasslert, Sweden

Project Manager, Ibn Rushd

Kacem Jlidi, Tunisia

Reinforcement coordinator, dance4life Tunisia project coordinator, Youth Peer

Education Network


Gabrielle Gunneberg, Sweden

Freelance journalist

Ayoub Lahlou, Morocco

Doctor in General medicine, president and co-founder of a local association in



Mais Masadeh, Jordan

Student, California State University, Chico

Tarek Mostafa, Egypt

Head of arts and culture department, Rose el Yousef Magazine


Ibrahim Mothana, Yemen

Youth activist, writer and community worker

Hala Muhanna, Syria



Rebecca Saab Saade, Lebanon

Translator and blogger

Mohammad Said, Jordan

Engineer and activist in different social and political movements


Assaad Shahine Thebian, Lebanon

Journalist and blogger

Johanna Wallin, Sweden

Freelance writer

Lilia Weslaty, Tunisia

Member of the association ATL (Association against SIDA), created a group

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